Category Archives: APMS Blog

Volunteers open war on weeds

Fanwort, Eurasian water milfoil, curly pondweed and hydrilla are among the enemies, and humans, their chief enablers. That’s why Mike Sicord spent Saturday morning, the opening day of fishing season, manning the state boat launch at Rogers Lake, working alongside Santy Patana, the boat launch attendant for the Rogers Lake Authority, checking boats for plant debris and talking to boaters about the problems caused by invasive plants.

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Assault begins on milfoil

AMESBURY — Lake Attitash was treated this week with an herbicide intended to kill off the invasive weed that is slowly choking the body of water.

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Chapman lakes get weed-control permit

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has issued a permit to the Chapman Lake Conservation Association to control up to 120 acres of Eurasian water milfoil in Big Chapman and Little Chapman lakes.

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8 bald eagle deaths at Thurmond Lake this season

At least eight bald eagles died at Thurmond Lake during the winter and early spring because of an algae-borne neurotoxin linked to the invasive weed hydrilla.

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After weather delay, Half Moon Lake treatment commences

After being delayed a couple days due to strong winds, a boat was out treating Half Moon Lake today with a special herbicide. A boat was crisscrossing the lake all day applying an herbicide that hopes to eradicate the evasive curly leaf pond weed.

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EPA denies petition to revoke 2,4-D

After considering public comment and all available studies, EPA has denied the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) petition to revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), a phenoxy herbicide and plant growth regulator that has been used in the U.S. since the 1940s. It is currently found in approximately 600 products registered for agricultural, residential, industrial and aquatic uses. The NRDC had filed the petition in November 2008.

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Council takes aim at weedy harbor

ESCANABA — Plans are moving along for getting rid of invasive weeds at the Escanaba Harbor, the Escanaba City Council was informed at its regular meeting Thursday. Council approved the purchase of a herbicide to combat nuisance plants there this spring. During the past few years, invasive weeds – including the Eurasian water milfoil and the curly pondweed – have caused problems for boaters in the local harbor. For example, the weeds get caught in boat propellers.

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Sterile grass carp battle Santee Cooper Lakes hydrilla

MONCKS CORNER — This spring, Santee Cooper is stocking lakes Marion and Moultrie with 109,000 sterile grass carp in a renewed strike against hydrilla.

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The Spring Lineup of Iowa’s 10 Most Invasive Threats

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Invasive plants and animals, many of them deliberately imported and without natural controls, continue to displace beneficial native species, degrading Iowa’s natural environment. With the early start to spring, many of these species have a leg up this year. So The Gazette asked a panel of experts to help us compile a list of Iowa’s 10 most-troublesome invasive species.

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Drawdown set for Black Bayou

Outdoor enthusiasts and property owners have endured severe problems with aquatic vegetation on Black Bayou for several years. Hydrilla remains the greatest concern, at times covering up to 90 percent of the lake.

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